Galimzyanov prevails in Paris-Bruxelles

Hutarovich, Ravard fill out podium

Russian sprint stand-out Denis Galimzyanov confirmed his form ahead of the World Championships with a hard-fought victory in Paris-Bruxelles. The Katusha rider out-paced Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ) and Anthony Ravard (AG2R La Mondiale) in the bunch sprint.

"Today everything was perfect on quite a hard course," said Galimzyanov. "We had to race for 220km, most of them with strong headwind. Fortunately, the team worked really well - my teammates were always at the front of the race."

It was the third win of the season for the 24-year-old, and made up for a string of podium finishes this year including a third place in the Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen earlier in the week.

The early breakaway of the day included Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli), Daniele Ratto (Geox-TMC), Diego Caccia (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli), Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun), Matthieu Sprick (Skil-Shimano) and Jurgen van Goolen (Verandas Willems-Accent). They survived until approximately 40km to go.

A serious move threatened to ruin aspirations of a bunch sprinters when, on the day's seventh climb, the Bruine Put, a 21-strong group including Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) Romain Feillu and Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Jens Keukeliere (Cofidis), got away.

Katusha attentively reeled in the move, and despite numerous late attacks, including one by Yohann Offredo (FDJ) on the final climb of the Keperenberg, brought the race back together with 4km to go.

BMC led for two kilometers for Norwegian champion Alexander Kristoff, but an attack with 1km to go by Vacansoleil stirred up the bunch. With 500m to go Haedo jumped, but only served to provide a perfect lead-out for Galimzyanov, as he launched his unbeatable sprint to the line.

Hutarovich could not match the Russian's speed and had to settle for second, while Ravard edged out Stefan Van Dijk to take the third and final podium spot.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team4:51:35 
2Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ  
3Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
4Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
5Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
6Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
7Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
8Daniele Colli (Ita) Geox-TMC  
9Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
10Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
11Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
12Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Team RadioShack  
13Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
14Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp  
15Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
16Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
17Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
18Kenny De Haes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
19Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
20Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
21Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard  
22Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Geox-TMC  
23Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
24Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
25Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
26Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
27David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa) Geox-TMC  
28Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team  
29Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
30Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
31Luke Roberts (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
32Romain Delalot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
33James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
34Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
35Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
36Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
37Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet  
38David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
39Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp  
40Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
41Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
42Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
43Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
45Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
46Jan Tratnik (Slo) Quickstep Cycling Team  
47Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team0:00:09 
48Huub Duyn (Ned) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
49Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
50Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
51Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
52Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Netapp  
53Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
54Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
55Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
56Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
57Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:14 
58Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMC  
59Gilles Devillers (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
60Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:16 
61Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
62Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
63Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
64Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
65Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
66Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
67Yannick Martinez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
68Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
69Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
70Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ  
71Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
72Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
73Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar  
74Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
75Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet  
76Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
77Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team  
78Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
79Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:00:29 
80Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
81André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
82Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
83Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team  
84Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
85Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
86Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
87Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
88Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
89Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
90Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
91Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
92Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:31 
93Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:33 
94Olivier Pardini (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
95Sven Jodts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:41 
96Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ  
97Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team  
98Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
99Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team  
100Steven De Neef (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
101Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
102Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
103Joaquim Durant (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
104Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
105Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
106Andy Cappelle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
107Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
108Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
109Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
110Mathieu Teychenne (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
111Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
112Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard0:00:49 
113Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
114Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:03 
115Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
116Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:07 
117Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
118Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:01:18 
119Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
120Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
121Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team0:01:30 
122Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:04:00 
123Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha Team0:04:10 
124Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
125Fabio Felline (Ita) Geox-TMC  
126Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
127Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:05:00 
128Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:06:10 
129Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli0:07:15 
130Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:08:00 
131Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack0:08:20 
132Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioShack0:11:00 
133Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:13:00 
134Rob Goris (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
135Kevin Van Dyck (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
136Bjorn Selander (USA) Team RadioShack  
137Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack  
138Kevin Verwaest (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
139Alexander Mironov (Rus) Katusha Team  
140Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Team RadioShack  
141Jesse Sergent (NZl) Team RadioShack  
142David Boucher (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
143Otavio Didier Bulgarelli (Bra) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
144Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJ  
145Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar  
146Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
147Jeroem Lepla (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
148Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
149Michaël Baer (Swi) Team Netapp  
150Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
151Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
152John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team  
153Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
154Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Geox-TMC  
155Tomas Alberio (Ita) Geox-TMC  
156Alexander Gottfried (Ger) Team Netapp  
157Christophe Premont (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
158Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
159Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
160Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
161Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Skil - Shimano  
162Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
163Steve Schets (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
164Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
165Michael Vanderaerden (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
166Sander Helven (Bel) Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly  
167Francesco Van Coppernolle (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht  
168Steven Caethoven (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
169Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
170Ramon Domene Reyes (Spa) Androni Giocattoli  
171Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
172Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole  
173Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
174Frederik Willems (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
175Daniele Ratto (Ita) Geox-TMC  
176Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  


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